Discover the Great Barrier Reef on our Cairns Dive Liveaboard

Cairns Liveaboard, Reef Encounter is the perfect way to experience the Great Barrier Reef

Why stay near the Great Barrier Reef when you can stay in luxury on the Great Barrier Reef Quite simply, there is no better way to experience the true majesty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef than with a liveaboard tour.

How To Get To our  Cairns Dive Liveaboard

Reef Encounter’s daily transfers via fast catamaran or by spectacular scenic helicopter flight means our clients can arrive on the day that suits them and stay for as long as they like … nothing beats staying on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

 About Our Cairns Dive Liveaboard

Whether snorkeling, scuba diving or simply sight seeing, live aboard trips take you to destinations that day tours just can’t reach.

Great Barrier Reef Liveaboard tour options vary from one or two nights to a whole week.

The benefits of sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef means that you experience the reef and it’s animals at different times of the day, with sunrise and sunset arguably having the most abundant marine life activity.

And with such a broad array of tours on the market – from luxury yachts to comfortable floating hotels, tours designed as a snorkelers paradise or a scuba divers dream holiday, there’s always a liveaboard tour to suit your budget and expectations.

Waking up to a sunrise scuba dive or snorkel is an experience most people never forget.

It’s the one time of day when the night creatures of the reef – the sharks, lobsters and stingrays – are still winding down from the activity of the night and the exotic, colourful day fish thrive in the bustle to wake up and find their morning feed.

Reef Encounter is permanently cruising the Great Barrier Reef, serviced daily by our fast catamaran Reef Experience, out guests can choose to arrive on the day of their choice and stay as long as they like find out more


Book your trip choose the accommodation that suits you best, choose your choice of twin or double room, check your dates our availability is all live and will only allow you to book if we have space, how many are in your party and then choose your packages ie scuba diving, snorkeling, resort dive or learn to scuba dive and it is possible for people in your group to choose different activities


Stay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

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Reef Encounter offers outstanding Great Barrier Reef accommodation in twin or double staterooms all with private bathrooms and large windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef

Reef Encounter is all about being flexible and providing outstanding value for money Great Barrier Reef liveaboard Experiences but MOST of all we are about making wonderful memories that will last forever

Reef Encounter is the pick of the liveaboards in Australia, built for comfort and stability at sea.

Our staterooms are 12.5 square metres – very comfortable !

With large windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef every stateroom has a private ensuite Reef Encounter is the only tourist vessel on the Great  Barrier Reef with an onboard helipad – it really is a wonderful way to arrive.

Reef Encounter is air-conditioned through-out

Want to feel like a VIP then take a look at our Top Deck Club

Top Deck Club the finest room onboard – we aim to spoil so in our Top Deck Club.

Whether you’re planning a romantic escape, honeymoon or anniversary Reef Encounter’s Top Deck Club offers an unhurried, relaxed ambiance and provides the ultimate indulgence package on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Top Deck Club is designed to meet the expectations of the most discerning of guests, offering an unhurried, relaxed ambiance.

Great Barrier Reef stay
Great Barrier Reef stay

Upon arrival guests are greeted by the friendly crew and invited to share delicious local fruit platters and a glass of Australian champagne.

The modern staterooms have a private ensuite and are spacious and air-conditioned with ample space for clothes and luggage.

The Top Deck Club staterooms also offer luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets and feather down pillows adorn our oversize double beds.

Soft fluffy robes, plush bath sheets and Australian beauty products are all replenished daily.

Top Deck Club can be double or twin bed accommodation


Reef Encounter Main Deck

Double Stateroom

Reef Encounter Top Deck Club
Reef Encounter Helipad & sundeck
Reef Encounter’s lounge & dining saloon
Cairns dive liveaboard
Dive Deck

Arrive in Style

scenic reef flight

Helicopter upgrade available!

Transfers to Reef Encounter are available by a 90 minute fast catamaran reef Cruise on Reef Experience  from Cairns or a stunning helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef – a service that no other vessel can provide